Microsoft has cautioned its users about security vulnerability in IE6 that has already been exploited by cyber fraudsters and what appears to be Chinese hackers who managed to ruin Google's first few weeks of 2010.
The security hole, which has already been released in the wild and could therefore be exploited, may enable hackers to perform remote code execution and seize control over the resources of the infested computer, the software maker has noted.
In addition, the company has issued guidance to help users tackle the security threat and circumvent the potential intrusion to their PCs.
According to recent advisory, IE6 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, as well as IE6 and IE7 on supported versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, and even Windows 7, were found to be vulnerable, the company stated.
Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement: “As a result of the reports, we released an update to Security Advisory 979352 to alert customers and provide actionable guidance and tools to help with protections against exploit of this IE vulnerability”.
However, the company claimed that the users of IE8 aren’t affected by the existing attacks due to the improved security features in the browser, and recommended the users to upgrade their browsers to IE8 as soon as possible.
Once Internet Explorer 6 has been eliminated from the internet, the world will be a much safer place. The problem obviously is that there are still a lot of Windows XP users out there, significantly more than Microsoft would dare to say and for better or for worse, something that is here to stay for a while.